Originally Posted by Til the Last Drop
I agree with some of what you said, but take a few exceptions. My biggest objection is to you drawing a line between mom and pops and corporations -- most mom and pops are corporations. Corporations are not evil conspiracies, they're just a way for folks to get together and act collectively and most of us have no more influence over the government than individuals. In fact, many individual political organizers have more sway.
But I do agree with your point about the bail-outs. Yes it would have hurt if Bank of America or FORD went bankrupt... but the country would have been stronger after it healed. Frankly, I would have been happier if the state just bought them out for pennies on the dollar, nationalized them and over a defined schedule liquidated the assets. We set a horrible precedent and I fear it will haunt us for many generations.